The proposal must be submitted via SFI’s Online Application Form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 31, 2020.

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Community Grants support and promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities’ understanding of the value and benefits of sustainably managed forests.

Community grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI’s mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the US and Canada.  All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization.  If the proposal is submitted by a non-profit organization, the project must include an SFI Implementation Committee or SFI Program Participant as an active project partner.

The 2020 Request for Proposal details are below.



The proposal must be submitted via SFI’s Online Application Form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 31, 2020.  Applicants will receive email notification upon application receipt. No consideration will be given to proposals received after the deadline.

SFI’s online application imposes text limits within requested fields. However, you are welcome to upload supporting documents as needed. To help you prepare for submission, you can view a sample of the application in the Links and Supporting Documents section below. You do not need to complete the entire application process in one sitting; however, you are encouraged to save your work periodically throughout the completion process.  SFI Inc. is unable to access any unsaved information. Applications are preferred in English, but French applications are allowed for Canadian-based projects.  If you have any difficulty with the online application process, SFI staff would be happy to assist you, or to provide alternative application options. Please contact us at grants@forests.org.


Request for Proposals issued – December 5, 2019

Proposals due to SFI, Inc. – January 31, 2020 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)

Lead Organizations advised of results – By March 31, 2020

Community Grants Criteria

For SFI Community Grants applications in this grant cycle, SFI Inc. seeks proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities in the 2020-2024 SFI Strategic Direction:


Strategic Priority #2– Grow certification across all three SFI Standards in existing and emerging markets through the standard revision process, technology and innovation, and strategic partnerships.


Strategic Priority #10– Develop a sustainable PLT program built on a learning framework that uses trees and forests as a window on the world, delivered through curriculum and an engaged network.

Strategic Priority #11– Grow professional development for educators, loggers, architects, and other influencers to enable them to make informed decisions and take responsible actions.

Strategic Priority #12– Strengthen outdoor opportunities as well as green career pathways for youth.


Strategic Priority #5– Generate, measure, and communicate conservation outcomes (water purified, biodiversity maintained/recovered, carbon stored) that demonstrate the contribution of SFI’s footprint to overall ecosystem health and sustainability.


Strategic Priority #7– Communicate with and leverage the SFI network to build mutual understanding in the communities where they operate about the benefits of sustainably managed forests and products.

Strategic Priority #8– Grow meaningful relationships with Indigenous, African American, and underserved communities to advance social, economic and environmental opportunities.

Strategic Priority #9– Focus partnerships, grant giving, and communications to build greater understanding of the role of forests and trees in our everyday lives.

The RFP Application Instructions provides all information potential applicants need. Direct any additional inquiries related to this Request for Proposals to contacts listed below.  Information obtained from any other source is not official and should not be relied upon.

Canadian-based project inquiries:
Jessica Kaknevicius
Vice President, Community Engagement
Phone: 647-797-1117
E-mail:  Jess.k@forests.org

US-based project inquiries:
Nadine Block
Senior Vice President, Government and Network Relations
Phone: 202-596-3456
E-mail:  Nadine.Block@forests.org

For General Inquiries:
Zac Wagman
Manager, Green Jobs 
Phone: 613-745-3706
E-mail:  zachary.wagman@forests.org